For a limited time until the end of March, you can get my “How to Write a Great Script with Final Draft 10” video course on Udemy for just $10.99. Not everyone finds learning to use a program like Final Draft easy by reading a book so that’s why I created this video course that shows how to use the most common features of Final Draft 10 for planning, organizing, and writing a screenplay.
Final Draft is the standard for scriptwriting and Final Draft 10 is the latest version that offers a unique story planning tool called a Beat Board. This Beat Board acts like a cork board that lets you organize ideas like index cards that you can shuffle around a cork board. The difference is that the Beat Board keeps all your ideas stored with your Final Draft document so you never risk losing track of an idea again.
Besides learning how to use the various story planning and formatting tools of Final Draft 10, this video course also focuses on teaching story structure as well. While all this information is freely available on this website, you might still find it useful to watch videos that emphasize the importance of structuring your story in various ways. That way you have a roadmap to help you plan and structure your story before you start writing.
For example, your theme defines the growth and change of your hero, and every major character is based on your hero. Your villain represents the evil version of your hero while your mentor represents a remorseful version of the villain. An ally mirrors the hero and provides help to the hero, then the hero turns around and helps the ally change. Once the ally changes, the ally returns to help the hero defeat the villain.
Stories are structured and when a story fails to follow basic story telling techniques, you risk creating a disjointed story that fails to deliver on its initial promise. By planning your story ahead of time using a tool like Final Draft 10’s Beat Board, you can spend more time planning and less time running into dead ends and getting confused and frustrated.
In addition, this video course also teaches the importance of the Symbol of Hope, which represents the villain’s biggest threat while also offering the hero a clear path to an emotional dream. Because both the hero and villain want the Symbol of Hope, this is the crucial link that forces the hero and villain to constantly fight each other until the final battle where only one can survive and win.
If you own Final Draft 10 and don’t feel comfortable using all its features, you can take the time to read through the user’s manual, or you can simply watch videos that show you how Final Draft 10’s various features work. As a bonus, you’ll also learn more about story telling techniques at the same time.
Remember, this introductory $10.99 price for my video course on Final Draft 10 expires at the end of March. If you’re interested in learning more about how to use Final Draft 10, click on the link below. If not, feel free to continue visiting my blog and learning more about screenwriting and story telling absolutely free.